• February 15, 2018

Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. But for most people, these “third molars” — once necessary for our prehistoric ancestors to survive — are unnecessary and problematic. From crowding to infection, these teeth can wreak havoc on your smile and cause a considerable headache.

At Brandon Family Dental, we’re proud to offer a more comfortable wisdom teeth extraction — even if they’re fully impacted and causing you pain. Dr. Harrell’s graduated from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctoral degree in dental surgery and went on to complete a rigorous residency. She’s dedicated to providing patients with quick and painless extractions and she has built up a team that prioritizes patient comfort.

Read on to learn more about how we go the extra mile to make wisdom teeth removals stress-free. Then, call our Ortonville, MI office at (248) 469-0218 to schedule a consultation.


Wisdom Teeth Complications


The arrival of your wisdom teeth, which generally occurs between the ages of 17 and 21, is sort of a dental milestone. But, they’re not always a welcome addition to your smile. Many wisdom teeth-related complications arise when there simply isn’t enough space for these molars to grow in.

This can compromise the alignment of teeth — which can be especially problematic if you’ve already undergone orthodontic treatment and have a nice, straight smile. The crowding can also make it difficult to properly clean the surfaces of teeth and the spaces between them, which ultimately leaves you vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease.

And if your wisdom teeth are impacted — or unable to erupt because they’re trapped in your jaw or in your gums — they can damage the roots of nearby teeth or even the bone.

If you’re experiencing pain near the back of your mouth and suspect your wisdom teeth might be to blame, come see Dr. Harrell. She’ll be able to assess the condition of your wisdom teeth and any negative effects they might be having on your oral health.


More Comfortable Extractions


At Brandon Family Dental, our patients love the fact that we’re detail-oriented both during procedures and when it comes to providing comfortable care. Our office is warm and inviting, full of natural light and overlooking a peaceful wooded setting. And once you’re back in our private care rooms, we can help you relax with blankets, pillows, and even movie glasses to enjoy while we work!

But when it comes to offering painless extractions, the key is offering dental sedation options that minimize stress and pain. We offer three forms of dental sedation!

  • Nitrous oxide. This mild form of dental sedation is fast-acting and easy to administer. You simply inhale the “laughing gas” through a small mask we place over your nose for the duration of your dental work. Within a few deep breaths, you’ll begin to feel a sense of calm or euphoria. Plus, the effects wear off almost immediately after we turn off the gas, so you’ll be able to go about your normal day after the procedure is over.
  • Oral conscious sedation. This form of dental sedation comes in the form of a pill, which we’ll have you take before your dental work begins. After it kicks in, you’ll feel relaxed and free of tension. Oral conscious sedation is safe and effective, and when you choose this method at Brandon Family Dental, it’s free of charge!
  • IV sedation. This form of sedation is the deepest we offer at Brandon Family Dental, and it’s usually reserved for those undergoing extensive dental care or have extreme anxiety. With IV sedation, the medication is administered intravenously, and you’ll experience your dental work sort of as if you’re at the edge of consciousness or in a dream. We monitor your sedation levels and vital signs closely while you’re under the effects of IV sedation to ensure both your comfort and your safety.

It’s important to note that if you opt for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation during your wisdom teeth removal, the effects of the medication can linger for a few hours after your appointment. For this reason, we ask that you arrange a ride to and from our office to ensure your safety!


What To Expect During Recovery


After your extraction procedure is over, you might experience some soreness and swelling as your mouth heals. However, this discomfort can generally be alleviated with the help of over-the-counter pain relievers and proper post-procedure care, and you can expect to make a recovery in a few days to a week.

Enjoying soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and ice cream in the days following your procedure will promote healing, and the coldness of these foods will provide some relief from discomfort as well. You can also minimize swelling by applying an ice pack to the sides of your face.

Plus, our dedication to patient comfort also doesn’t end once you leave the office following your extraction. If you have any questions, we’re just a phone call away.

If your wisdom teeth are giving you trouble, it’s time to call the experts! Call us at (248) 469-0218 to schedule a consultation.